One side of this landmark is an old-fashioned restaurant complete with high-backed booths and red carpeting. The other side features a huge bar and room to mingle. The food is good in either venue. Steak, seafood and chowder are staples in the dining room, while lighter fare is the norm at the bar, where the focus is more on drinking. Cape Cod restaurants come and go, but this popular spot, especially at night, remains a fun place to grab a bite or share a drink with friends.
With two Provincetown waterfront dining rooms and the Top of the Pot cocktail room, The Lobster Pot offers wonderful views along with prize-winning food. Open nearly year round, this restaurant offers the award-winning Tim's Clam Chowder and won a "Best Of" award from Cape Cod Life. The fresh seafood here is delicious, and chances are you'll see it being brought into the harbor on fishing boats. Ordering their chowder and lobster, and sitting by the water (especially at sunset) will provide a quintessentially great Cape Cod evening.
You will find this restaurant tucked away behind Commercial Street, down a clamshell alleyway and through a portal in a trellis that opens into a patio and garden. Inside is a very cozy, wine cellar with low ceilings, complete with hanging Chianti wicker basket bottles. This is the main fireside dining area for this sumptuous, legendary Provincetown eating experience. Upstairs, the Tuscany Room is decorated with paintings for sale, and an award-winning bartender offers you all manner of drinks. The food, mostly Northern Italian, is superb.
The scenic dinner train is the Cape's entry in the novelty dining experience category. Dress up for a three-hour tour among cranberry bogs and marshes in a restored 1937 dinner coach. From Hyannis, the train crosses the canal and then stops in Bourne while you consume your entrée choice, usually steak, chicken, fish, or pasta. The Elegant Dinner Train was named one of the top three nationwide by the Food Network Dining on the Train. A full bar is available.
You'll probably experience the best meal you will ever have in this 200-year-old barn. The cozy restaurant serves American and French cuisine and uses local produce and ingredients whenever possible. The menu changes with the seasons but entrées can include duckling, lamb, veal and salmon. The fireplaces, glass and pottery by Cape Cod artists and the lush flower garden make for a romantic dinner setting. The wine list here is extensive and superb. Reservations are required.
Management at this casual eatery understands that most patrons prefer outdoor seating, so the decks are chock-full of tables overlooking the harbor. This establishment has two large bars and lounges and three dining areas. Watch the Nantucket ferries come and go as you try the lobster roll, the rich and creamy clam chowder or abundant sandwiches. Heartier fare complements the evening menu. Tugboat's is a great refuge, even on rainy days. A popular nightspot, head for the tiny upstairs bar where folks at the bar swill tropical drinks to music with a Caribbean beat.
Enjoy some of the best seafood you have ever tasted at Arnold's Lobster and Clam Bar. This award-winning restaurant is known to serve exceptional lobster rolls, freshly shucked clams at the raw bar, fried clams, and other delicious seafood delicacies. Their fish is sourced fresh from the boats and the quality is the best that money can buy. Their Lobster Rolls, Onion Rings, Wellfleet Oysters, and Clam Chowder are some of the recommended dishes. This food is well-presented, tasty, and will keep you coming back for more. The perfect way to finish off your meal is with some of their gourmet ice cream, known to be the best in the city. This restaurant is definitely a must visit when in the city, especially if you delight in fantastic seafood.
As the name suggests, Local Break offers a refreshing break to those looking for local draft beers and some wholesome food. The creative cocktails and delicious home-made sangria served here are exceptional. The food menu features a contemporary twist on traditional American classics made with fresh and local ingredients. The restaurant also has a daily specials menu for those looking for something different. A spacious bar with tall chairs make the Local Break perfect for mingling with the locals and making new friends. The casual and inviting atmosphere of the bar along with friendly bartenders, are sure to make you stay for one more drink.
You can't visit the Cape without indulging in some old-fashioned fish & chips, and one of the better places to enjoy this classic pairing is at Sir Cricket's, in the heart of charming Orleans (mid-Cape). If you've never had New England-style fish & chips, don't miss the traditional "clam roll," fried clams served on a hot dog-like bun. Let the tartar sauce flow as you delight in seafood of all varieties, from oysters to cod to scallops to lobster. And on those cold Northeast days, warm yourself from the inside out with a bowl of their delicious clam chowder. This joint is tiny, so take-out is usually the best way to go, but if you choose to stay, you'll no doubt be charmed by the nautical theme and neighborhood feel.
Set at the heart of Orleans, Mahoney's Atlantic is one of the best drinking and dining spots around town. Peppered with chic wooden tones, a high arched roof and cozy cubicles, this is an ideal place for a causal yet intimate meal and a round of drinks. Its menu is dominated by local-inspired dishes, with a selection of seafood and contemporary favorites. The popular Roasted Chicken, Blackened Salmon and Atlantic Steaming Bowl are not-to-be-missed, while the Sirloin Steak and Barbecued Ribs are also well-worth a shot. In addition, this place is also known for its signature cocktails, of which the Blue Lemon Drop, Pineapple Train Wreck and Goosed Ginger top the popularity list.
Situated with an old-school village cottage, Hot Chocolate Sparrow personifies the experience of a lazy, morning beverage. Specialists in the classic hot chocolate, not only does this cafe brew its own drinks, but also adds a touch of originality to the famed beverage. Walk in for a shot of the special chocolate drinks and desserts and you are certain to leave with a new found fondness of the good, old-fashioned chocolate treat. Everything from their decadent fudge, hot chocolate and shakes, to their basic espressos and cappuccinos are well-worth a second round.